When summer comes around, we get excited about sunshine and exploring. One of the best day trips from the Headwaters is a drive to Yellowstone, the country’s first national park. Gardiner and West Yellowstone are both less than two hours away from Three Forks, so you can even make the loop through for a change of scenery as you go and return. Here are our favorite stops along the way to help you really make a day of it.
Giddy up and get ready for Rodeo weekend, the best party in Three Forks. Here’s everything you need to know when you start planning your trip to the Headwaters for the end of July. Here are the highlights to hit during the favorite weekend in Three Forks.
Spring weather starts to get nicer and nicer as the pages on the calendar turn, but sometimes it’s still iffy whether your hike will take you into a snow flurry or shorts weather. Enter: the spring drive. And when you take it to the ultimate scenic level, it elevates your road wandering experience. Here are some of the best scenic drives around Three Forks that’ll get you out churning miles and burning rubber—in the best way possible.
As the county seat of Madison County, Montana, Virginia City keeps the history of the Victorian Era alive. After booming in the late 1800s with the advent of a gold rush, the town practically froze in time once the gold ran out. Today, it’s vibrant display of living history with a thriving community of reenactors and local historians. Roam the town, check out the shops, and still make it back to Three Forks in time for a nightcap before bed. Here’s what you should add to the agenda when you take a day trip to Virginia City.
When it comes to fly fishing in the Headwaters region, your choices are as big as that expansive sky we’re so famous for. Be sure to bring your fly rod along to get out on the river when you visit Three Forks. Here are some of the top places to hit.
Missouri Headwaters State Park flies under the radar as far as Montana parks go, but if you give it the chance, it’ll blow you away. Just a short jaunt from Three Forks (as in, five miles away by car or bike), it’s about as easy to get to as you can get. Here are a few of the top reasons to check it out.
When the calendar says winter is over, it’s time to start dreaming of summer’s warmth and fun—even if the weather isn’t quite there yet. As the snow melt starts and the ground begins to thaw, here’s what you should be getting excited for in Three Forks.
Long winter nights don’t need to make you feel cabin-feverish in Three Forks. There’s plenty to do all day and well into the evening when it comes to beating winter blues. Start out early and end it late when you get things going at the Sacajawea.
Winter in Yellowstone isn’t a season you want to miss. With the benefit of fewer crowds, a more savage landscape, and a snow-fueled paradise for wildlife, it tops just about every other season for exploring the nation’s first national park. Here’s your ultimate guide to exploring Yellowstone under winter’s hush.
When winter comes knocking, you want to find the ultimate in stunning scenery to complement the fluffy white blanket of chill. While the Headwaters region may get less snowfall than the other side of the valley, you can still find plenty of winter wonderland to satisfy your inner Jack Frost. Head out to find these top spots for some winter scenery.
The crown jewel in the National Park System only shines brighter in winter. A trip to Yellowstone while it rests under a frosty blanket makes experiencing geysers and thermal features even more exciting. Don’t let the cold scare you off—with all that geothermal activity bubbling up, there are plenty of hot springs to hit up along the way that will keep you toasty warm. Multiple entrances accessible from Three Forks mean you can take your pick of the park, even when it’s not as simple as just hopping in the car to drive to Old Faithful. So embrace the journey, and get exploring!
Family time just got even better, with a cozy winter retreat to Three Forks on the docket. You’ll find plenty to do when the name of the game is relaxing together, so follow this winter itinerary designed to get to the heart of the Headwaters region.
When it comes to staying warm this winter in the Headwaters, we have it covered. It’s rare to find so many establishments that people admit to driving hours just to indulge in (we’re raising a glass at you, Willow Creek Cafe and Frontier Bar). For such a small Montana town, Three Forks pulls out the stops when it comes to sipping a beer or cocktail when the nights get longer and longer in the depths of winter. These spots will give you the shot of summer that you’re looking for. So go grab a drink, and raise a glass to Jack Frost.
Small-town Montana ups the ante when it comes to winter fun. In and around Three Forks, you’ll find the charm all through winter and beyond, with these seasonal events that make snowy weather even better.
Winter in Southwest Montana’s Headwaters region makes the rest of the state jealous. Ringed by mountains, snow-blanketed river valleys and cultural intrigue, the region draws you in for a riot of cold-weather fun. Follow these guidelines for a winter getaway to remember in Three Forks, Montana.
Change is in the air, and fall in the Headwaters region is the perfect time to relax, unwind and relish some activities you can only enjoy in autumn. Southwest Montana is all awash with fall colors and alpenglow sunsets, and a break from summer crowds means you have all this bite of Big Sky to yourself to enjoy. So saddle up, and set out to test some of these unforgettable tastes of fall fun.
The benefit of staying in Three Forks is being at the hub for easy access to everything Montana has to offer. Fall is prime time to take advantage of that—as days get crisp and leaves get crunchy, it offers the perfect opportunity to explore. The agricultural emphasis under the Big Sky takes an autumnal twist, with hay and corn mazes close at hand. Hop in the car for a quick drive to wind your way through classic fall flavor, and enjoy a little maze time.
Ennis, Montana, makes for a convenient stop on the way to just about any place you could want to check out in southwest Montana. Self-proclaimed as “an hour from anywhere,” Ennis is just a quick jaunt from Norris, Virginia City, Yellowstone and Three Forks. This is the place to slow down for a minute and get immersed.
Autumn in the Headwaters region makes the perfect time to visit. Between the satisfying chill in the air, the crisp leaves underfoot, and the sips and nibbles you just have to sample—plus a few fun surprises—you’ll fall even more in love with fall in Three Forks, Montana.
When summer comes to the Missouri Headwaters region of Montana, that means floating season is here. You can’t go wrong with a little river time, especially when the lazy waters of the Jefferson, Gallatin and Madison come together at the confluence of the Missouri River in the heart of Three Forks to give you plenty of floating and boating options.
Floating is a part of Montana culture in and of itself, and any culture involving warm water and cold microbrews over the course of a long summer afternoon deserves to be explored! Here’s everything you need to know for a day of floating fun.